THE SUMMER SCHOOL
Would you like to use engineering and/or science to solve problems that can be addressed by space missions? If yes, consider applying to the Summer School Alpbach.
This year, sixty selected European engineering and science students will be chosen to participate in the 43rd edition of the Summer School Alpbach, a ten-day learning opportunity held in the beautiful Austrian Alps. Participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience, attending stimulating lectures on various aspects of space science and engineering, and working intensely within four groups to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts.
The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2019 is “ Geophysics from Space Using Micro- or Nano-Satellite Constellations“.
You will hear of past achievements and learn about current issues. The most exciting aspect, is that you will be invited to propose ideas for new satellite missions to observe the magnetic and gravitational field of the Earth from space with a high resolution in space and time using a mission configuration that goes beyond all missions that have been realized so far.
You will be exposed to some real-life challenges, such as long working days (before proposal submission) and an expectation that you are able to immediately apply knowledge and techniques that you have only recently been exposed to. You will also have to handle the trials of establishing and maintaining an international and multi-disciplinary team composed of both scientists and engineers. You will need to balance the mission's scientific objectives and requirements with the realistic constraints of mission-design, spacecraft-design, and mission cost.
On day ten of the Summer School, each team presents their mission designs to a jury of experts. Occasionally, these designs have actually gone on to represent real space missions in ESA.
If you are willing to embrace the challenges and rewards of the Summer School Alpbach, we look forward to receiving your application.
Expected Learning Outcomes:
In summary, Summer School Alpbach participants ...
- Will be invited to view space as an exciting and challenging enterprise
- Will be challenged to overcome the trials and reap the rewards of working in an international and multi-disciplinary team
- Will be exposed to a range of scientific topics relevant to designing space missions
- Will learn to balance scientific objectives and requirements with the realistic constraints of mission-design, spacecraft-design, and mission cost
- Will develop the ability to work together as a team towards the common goal of preparing presentations and reports under incredible time constraints
- Will forge long-term friendships that might eventually evolve into professional collaborations later in life
- Will enjoy the unique and enriching "Alpbach experience".
The Alpbach Summer School is complemented by the Post-Alpbach Summer School Event, which takes place during a week at the end of November in the ESA Academy's Training and Learning Facility at ESEC-Galaxia in Belgium. During this week, students from the Alpbach Summer School extend the design of one of the missions developed during the Summer School using the Concurrent Engineering approach. To do so, they are divided in small teams to cover the different disciplines of the mission and, guided by two ESA Systems Engineers and a few tutors from the Summer School. The teams will iterate on the design of the mission. The mission to be further studied at the ESA Academy’s facility is selected at the end of the Summer School by the Alpbach Summer School Jury and all the students who participated to the Summer School are invited to apply for the Post-Alpbach Summer School Event.